Everyone knows the scene in the great movie The Wizard of Oz where a very curious Toto the dog pretty much foils the Wizard’s entire charade by pulling back the curtain and exposing him for the ordinary man he really was. (“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”) Well, that’s kind of like the image many of us portray on social media these days, thanks to the magic of photo-enhancing apps such as Instagram.

Indeed, we are all hiding behind the curtain of a flattering photo filter. Have a blemish? A bad hair day? Skin look dull? Apply a photo filter, and poof! The selfie from your Sunday brunch now resembles something that would have been worthy of placement in a 1970s fashion magazine.

Thankfully, there are ways to achieve the same effects in real life, only for longer than the life span of a status update. Here are some of our favorite ways our medical spa in Albuquerque can help you mimic your favorite photo filter:

  • Brighten: Erase age spots and sun damage while illuminating dark shadows with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy. The treatment works to improve imperfections without disrupting the skin’s surface. The best part? It’s virtually painless.
  • Soft focus: Wrinkles have you looking more Bad Witch than Good Witch? BOTOX® Cosmetic works to soften forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet, giving you a more youthful appearance.
  • Glow: A mineral makeup such as glō minerals™ will give you a fresh glow while pharmaceutical-grade ingredients work to improve your skin.

So go ahead. Try these things and go without the filter. We have a feeling that you, like the Cowardly Lion, will find the kind of courage you’ve been looking for to go without a filter.